July 's update from the BID PCSO
Lowestoft Vision’s project with Suffolk Constabulary to provide a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) is continuing to have a positive impact in the BIIA area.
The project which started back in January 201 has seen crime in the BID area begin to fall and issues such as cycling in the town centre being addressed.
During the July PCSO Mike Soanes who is responsible for patrolling the BID area has dealt with the following;
- Advised 148 cyclists not to cycle in the town centre
- Issued 34 fixed parking notices
- 6 incidents of anti-social behaviour
- Dealt with 4 incidents of begging in the town
- Assisted with missing persons.
12 incidents of shop theft were recorded in the BID area by Suffolk Police with 9 of these resulting in a conviction.
In addition Mike has dealt with 31 incidents of street drinking in the BID area, which is an increase from previous months. However 20 of the incidents involved the same 6 individuals. Mike will continue to work with colleagues at Suffolk Police to address his issue.
Mike has also been trying to visit as many businesses as possible to discuss issues around making Lowestoft More secure.